I love collecting teacups and dinnerwares. I have had wonderful luck finding tea cups at thrift stores and antique shops. The one thing that is really good to watch for is that the plates, tea cups and saucers do not have cracks. For hairlines…I really don’t mind because that is normal for vintage stuff. Backstamps are very important too. It shows you where and when it was made.
Contrary to what you think, I only have a few items left. Most of them have been sold. What was left are mostly gift from friends and things that I can’t part with yet. These teacups are all Royal Albert hand carried by my uncle and dad from a trip. The teapot I bought from a collector.
My friend hanging out with my fairies.😃
I am also lucky to have friends who go out of their way to surprise me with these things.
I got these floral sets as birthday gifts from friends.
I am also lucky to be given a signed Royal Albert teacup! My friend was at a Royal Albert store in Singapore when she saw Michael Doulton! Just to give you a little background:
The Royal Doulton Company (Source: Wikipedia) was an English company producing tableware and collectables, dating from 1815. Operating originally in London, its reputation grew in The Potteries, where it was a latecomer compared to Royal Crown Derby, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood, Spode and Mintons. Its products include dinnerware, giftware, cookware, porcelain, glassware, collectables, jewellery, linens, curtains and lighting.
Three of its brands were Royal Doulton, Royal Albert and Mintons. These brands are now owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd (Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), based in Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent.
I also had a Wedgwood Jasperware that I kept for so long but I eventually sold it.
A little background:
Jasperware (Source: Wikipedia) or jasper ware, is a type of pottery first developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1770s. Usually described as stoneware, some authorities have described it as a type of porcelain. It is noted for its matte finish and is produced in a number of different colours, of which the best known is a pale blue that has become known as Wedgwood Blue. While named after the mineral jasper, modern analyses indicate that barium sulphate is a key ingredient. Wedgwood had introduced a different type of stoneware called basalt a decade earlier.
I also love toile. I know most people say they’re out, passe, ugly etc. but I love them. For me, every plate tells a story.
This is a Spode Camilla set that was eventually bought by a celebrity stylist.
I bought the fabric and had this dressing chair reupholstered.
I also love this white set! I had about 6 pairs of these. I always use “Had” because after keeping these beauties for awhile, I also learn to let them go. As much as I would like to keep all these, business always comes first.😉
I found these gorgeous pieces online.
I started my small business by buying a few pieces. These were some of my favorites. The boat shape plates, leaf and heart shapes are all Lenox decorated with a 24k gold. I love these blue ball glasses! The sake cups are from Guy Laroche. I had these blue Givenchy plates and YSL bowls. The cream cups behind are Lancel.
I would write letters to customers by thanking them and for giving my personal collection a new home. My business grew a little bit bigger…from occupying my coffee table to the dining table…just kidding😂
On my days off, I would wrap each of these pieces with bubble wraps and deliver them myself to ensure that they don’t break. That’s how much I love what I do. It is tiring but I enjoy every minute of it.